NaNoWriMo Tip #14 – Quiet Your Inner Critic

Sometimes you can give yourself all the permission in the world to let your first draft suck and you’ll still criticize your general writing instincts, grammar, and every sentence you throw down. You know you can’t critique yourself while you’re writing because you’ll end up spinning your wheels. So, what do you do?

Quiet your inner critic.

You have the choice and the power to do it. An inner critic can vary from person to person. Some are mean and demeaning while others just demand perfection. Whatever your inner critic’s voice is, you have to learn to quiet it. Hate to say it but it’ll take practice. But first you have to make the choice to quiet it and then you will be able to harness your willpower to keep it quiet.

This is going to look different for different people. There’s no silver bullet on this one, unfortunately. Some might need to tell their critic to shut up frequently. Others may need to just get as much down as fast as possible so their critic can’t have a word in edgewise. It might take meditation. Whatever works for you, do it if it means your critic is being quiet and you’re getting faster at writing.

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